Satisfactory Mel content. US, 93 min
With so many people having written off Mel Gibson for good, it probably matters his new movie is the best thing he’s been near for many a year. Those viewers open-minded enough to have not banished Mel to hell will be rewarded with a lively, unconventional and endearingly erratic action thriller. Gibson plays the only American prisoner in a Mexican jail. Not just any jail, mind you. This is Tijuana’s infamous El Pueblito prison, home to the meanest, mustachioed banditos south of the border. Inside this anarchic hive of activity, Gibson is free to provoke the mayhem demanded by Get the Gringo’s oddball story. All action scenes are conducted quite impressively, with a wild shootout inside the confines of El Pueblito ranking as the absolute standout. So look out, Jason Statham. Mel Gibson just might be after your job.